Let’s take the confusion out of this one once and for all!
Water kefir grains need minerals to survive and thrive and benefit from water sources with higher mineral content.
With that said, if the mineral content is too high, the grains can begin to disintegrate.
Some water sources such as well water or spring water are naturally high in mineral content and are ideal for making kefir and can be used straight out of the tap.
Sometimes well water is too high in minerals though and can cause your grains to disintegrate. Use your discretion.
Avoid distilled water, reverse osmosis water, and water which has been filtered through an activated carbon filter such as a Britta or Pur. They strip the water and often have extremely low or non-existent mineral levels.
The Sentiva water filter is a great choice because the minerals are added back into the water as well as Berkey water filters don’t remove minerals.
If you perfer to purchase water, then natural spring water is the best choice.
Structured, alkalized, or pH-adjusted water is not appropriate for culturing water kefir.
Still have questions about your specific water filter? Google your brand name and see if it contains minerals once it is filtered.
Tap Water is the best!
When using tap water, I recommend boiling the water for 10 minutes to help remove at least the chlorine. You can also let your tap water stand for 24 hours instead of boiling it to help the chlorine to evaporate.
Keep things simple.
Water kefir is happiest with just 4 cups plain boiled tap water, 1/4 cup sugar (1 tbsp coconut and the rest cane) and 1/4 cup grains.
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Watch my video on how to make water kefir and if you are still unsure about some things, check out How do I know if my poor water kefir grains are alive?
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Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.